YukonTrader From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 207 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2629 times:
I guess it depends on which airports the pictures were made at, and on the circumstances of the flight:
-> First and foremost, if you see pictures made at their respective home turf, you need to take into account that many CIS airports simply do not have jetties and still use the traditional combination of stairs & busses to get passengers to & from the plane.
-> Secondly, charter flights from the CIS to destinations in Turkey, Spain, the UAE or alpine airports in Europe do sometimes include long lay-overs of the aircraft at the destination - occasionally for the entire period its passengers take their break, e.g. the Ural Tu-154 that graced Salzburg airport for a good part of January 2006. Naturally, such a long stay results in the aircraft getting a remote stand and stairs instead of a jetty.
-> Finally, there are not too many CIS planes flying to the West anymore on a frequent basis. If you see Tu-154s - or other CIS airliners - still visiting Western European airports these days, chances are fat that they do either perform a government flight, or a private VIP / sports team charter, and therefore they will be handled in stands secluded from the regular gates (and jetties) of the passenger terminal.
NADC10Fan From United States of America, joined May 2005, 164 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2509 times:
Thanks, everyone - I appreciate the responses (and education thereby)!
AJO - I looked at all the images I could pull up via the Photo Search engine, last night, and for whatever reason it simply never gave me those. I have no guesses why ... but thanks for posting those up!
Dogfighter - the very image you posted (of the -154 with airstairs at Glasgow) is the one that provoked my curiosity enough to ask.
YukonTrader - aha. That would explain considerable. I realize the first point, that a lot of the -154's normal stops within the CIS may indeed be at fields with few if any airbridges; it just occurs to me that many of the images we get of him is at some western airport like Schiphol or whatever ... and until this morning I had never caught an image of one mated up. The charter aspect makes all sorts of sense; I suppose most -154s nowadays are operated not on regular schedule but charter?
'Tis a shame it's not any kind of regular visitor here in the West and especially in the States. I would dearly love to see this beautiful aircraft for myself in person. Perhaps if we can ever make up with Cuba, one day, FLL might get some of the Russian-made visitors. (Not that I expect that anytime soon ... but it'd be nice.)
A related question: For what reason/s have airliners like the Tupolevs and Illyushins never made it into any mainstream Western airlines' fleets? They certainly seem like decent-enough aircraft both performance-wise and aesthetically, and I should imagine the purchase cost could be quite attractive. Are the economics of these aircraft then so very bad they just can't compete? I would think the current situation of only AvB simply screams for someone else to challenge and provide a product - and here's not one but two aircraft manufacturers who might ... but just can't seen to get a foot in the door. I'd love to see a discussion on this.